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Moravian receives state approval to become a university

Stacy Wescoe//May 17, 2021

Moravian receives state approval to become a university

Stacy Wescoe//May 17, 2021

Moravian College in Bethlehem said it has officially received approval to change over to university status.

The school announced last fall its intention to seek university status in the summer of 2021 as it continues to grow and offer both undergraduate and graduate programs. An institution needs to offer both undergraduate and graduate degrees with the ability for students to receive a Master’s or Doctorate to be considered a university.

Today, Moravian announced that it has received the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s letters of approval for changes to its Articles of Incorporation and University Status.

“This is one of the biggest moments in Moravian’s 279-year history, signifying a historic shift in how we serve our students, alumni and the Lehigh Valley community,” said Bryon Grigsby, president of Moravian College.  “Now all the hard work begins in earnest to complete the transition to Moravian University.”

He said in announcing the change that the designation will help Moravian with both its global and domestic student recruitment efforts as students tend to favor universities over colleges.

It will also help recruit dean-level faculty to head colleges and will make the school more competitive in academics and athletics.

The switch to university status is expected July 1.

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